We are excited that you have decided to participate in the Washington Mentorship Program prior to your spring start at AU! If you have any questions about the program or about joining in us in the fall, please contact us by email or call us at 202-895-4936.


Once you accept to study in the Washington Mentorship Program and submit your deposit, we will be in contact with you throughout the summer in order to prepare you for fall semester. To help you understand important dates throughout the summer and your fall semester, here is a general timeline. This is a tentative schedule of important dates and events throughout the semester. Please note: dates are subject to change.

Mid May-Early June
Receive information on Eagle Summit (New Student Orientation)
Receive information on class registration and the internship search
You will receive information about class registration and other important registration related documents. In addition, you will receive resources to assist in preparing your resume and beginning the internship search.
Mid June-Mid July
Eagle Summit (New Student Orientation)
Several sessions, designed to inform students and their families about academic and campus life at American University, will be held throughout June and July. You will spend the night in a residence hall, meet with Mentorship Program and AU staff, and receive your AU ID card.
Late July 2018
Arrival information sent to incoming students
Information includes details about arrival and move in, first few days on campus, and internships.
August 18-19
Students move in to Leonard Hall
(International students will move in on August 17 and attend International Student Orientation from August 18-19.)
August 18-26
American University Welcome Week
  • Students who did not attend Eagle Summit in the summer attend August Eagle Summit, as well as the Washington Mentorship Orientation sessions on Tuesday, August 21.
  • Students who attended Eagle Summit in the summer attend the Washington Mentorship Orientation sessions on Tuesday, August 21.
  • Parents are welcome to sign-up for and attend August Eagle Summit and Washington Mentorship Orientation sessions.
August 27
Internship Fair (morning) Classes begin (all day)
September 3
Labor Day Holiday (no classes, university offices closed)
September 10
Last day to add/drop a course
Last day to drop all courses for a full refund.
Courses dropped after this date will be recorded with a "W" on the AU transcript.
September 12
Deadline to start an internship
You will submit an Experiential Learning Form to your internship faculty.
October 12
Fall Break (no classes, university offices open)
October 19-21
All-American Family Weekend
Participate in All-American Weekend activities!
November 2
Last day to withdraw from a course or change a grade option (end of 10th week)
Courses cannot be withdrawn after this date.
November 21-25
Thanksgiving Break
(Dining closes after lunch on Tuesday, November 20 and reopens with dinner on Sunday, November 25.)
December 7
Last day of classes and internships
Mid December 2018
End of Semester Celebration
December 10-15
Final Examinations
(Dining closes after lunch on Friday, December 14.)
Please refer to the final exam schedule on the American University website, or inquire with your professor regarding your exam schedule before making travel plans.
December 16
All students must be checked out of residence halls by noon

The Washington Mentorship Program follows the American University Academic Calendar.

Eagle Summit is American University's orientation for first-year students. During the Summit, you will learn about academics and campus life at AU, while meeting other new students and current AU students who will help you acclimate to the university. For more information on dates and registration, contact the Eagle Summit office.

The Mentored Field Practicum (MFP or internship) is an important part of your semester experience and consists of two parts: an on-site placement with an organization in the DC area (two days a week) and a classroom based discussion (once a week). You are responsible for securing your site placement, however, the Mentorship Office provides you with resources that assist you in finding a placement. You will have access to resume resources, an extensive internship database, and staff guidance over the summer. Once you arrive on campus in August, you will work one-on-one with your MFP professor to fine-tune your search and secure a practicum placement.

  1. The first step in the internship search process is to create a resume and have it reviewed by Mentorship staff. Please use the resume resources provided by the Mentorship Office to guide you in creating your resume.
  2. Once your resume is approved, you are ready to start applying for internships. In order to learn more about the MFP process and find important tips and tricks to make the most of your experience, please read the internship guide available on the Internship Database.

Visiting AU? Let us know!

We would love to meet you while on campus and share more information about the Mentorship Program. Contact us at 202-895-4936 or mentorship@american.edu. You can also sign-up for an American University tour and information session.